Eastern Phoebe Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Eastern Phoebe is a plump songbird with a medium-length tail. It appears large-headed for a bird of its size. The head often appears flat on top, but phoebes sometimes raise the feathers up into a peak. Like most small flycatchers, they have short, thin bills used for catching insects.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Tufted Titmouse.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz (16-21 g)
      • Wingspan: 10.2-11.0 in (26-28 cm)